Often relegated to a second, or even third thought when people first start working on their kitchen redesign, lighting is actually of huge importance in creating an efficiently functioning design and should be thought about early on in the planning process to ensure it’s right. Get the lighting wrong and the entire room could become a hard-to-work and socialize in dingy space with areas that really aren’t fit for purpose. Get it right and you can create a light, welcoming space that’s safe and comfortable, whatever your kitchen’s position or outlook. Using several sources of lighting will help to create a layered effect, helping you to create exactly the mood or feel you want on any given occasion.
First it’s best to break your lighting needs up into categories; task, for those spaces where you need more illumination to see when prepping and cooking food, mood, for those areas where you might need to create a more atmospheric feel, such as dining and relaxing zones and general, for the remainder of the room.
Most schemes will benefit from some form of ceiling light to create an overall illumination of the space. Depending on your kitchen and how dark it is naturally, you may want to invest in either cool or warm LED spots. Cool lighting is bright and whiter and perfect for spaces that are lacking in natural light but can feel a little stark, while warm spots provide a gentler light. Pendants above islands and dining tables are also a good choice and a great way to give the room a focal point but do plan the wiring for these in early and ensure the table is unlikely to move as if it does you could end up with a pendant over an empty space. Lights are best hung in odd numbers to ensure there’s always one central shade. Using several lights together at different heights will also be an eye-catching feature.
Lights below cupboards in preparation areas will help you to see clearly what you’re doing but ensure they’re flush and easy to clean, particularly if they are close to cooking areas. Appliances with integral task lighting, such as extractors, are useful here too and can provide additional light above hobs for when you’re cooking.
Adding decorative or mood lighting inside cupboards will highlight precious china or glassware while LED strips below an island will make it appear as if it is floating. Colour changing lights can sometimes be a little garish, but used in moderation they are a quick and easy way to create a variety of different atmospheres in the same space. Use uplighters or striplights in the gap between wall cabinets and the ceiling to give your room for a subtle glow in the evening. Finally, adding lighting in the kickplates/plinth will help to gently illuminate your floor.
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